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David Scott English was born in PA, Westmoreland County, in a township known as an "Irish settlement." By 1840 the family had moved a short distance northward to Armstrong County, probably farming near Spring Church, PA. In 1844 they were in Allegheny City, present-day Pittsburgh's North Side. In 1856 DSE and his family moved to Davenport, Iowa soon after the Rock Island Bridge was built over the Mississippi. Later the family was in Xenia, OH for seventeen years where three daughters were married. David Scott and his younger brother listed their occupation as blacksmiths on several occasions. Westmoreland County, PA> Allegheny City, PA> Davenport, Iowa> Greene County, OH 1868> and Hutchinson, KS 1885.
In Ohio and Kansas, David's younger brother lived in the adjoining county.
He was accidentally injured and died seven days later. "On last Wednesday evening while alighting from a moving street car at the corner of Main Street and Second Avenue, Mr. DS English of the firm of English & Goodin, of the Hutchinson Carriage Factory, slipped and fell, sustaining a fracture on the left hip and pelvic bones. He was taken to his home, corner of Second Avenue and Poplar Street. Dr. Klippell was called, but his injuries were of such a character that at this writing very slight hopes are entertained of his recovery." Hutchinson News, June 1887.